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Principal's Message

Welcome to the Placerita Junior High School website.  Placerita has a rich tradition of student achievement in academics and co-curricular activities that prepare students for additional experiences and career paths in high school, college, and beyond.  With “Pride in Excellence” as Placerita’s motto, we are dedicated to serving all our students, recognizing the unique characteristics of early adolescents.  In a safe, caring, and healthy environment, we prepare students with academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills to help them become positive, productive, capable citizens. 
Students at Placerita are supported by highly qualified, caring, and devoted teachers and staff who are focused on helping every student succeed.  We’re all in this together, and we each play a vital role in students’ education and overall growth through Junior High School.  Our goal is the same: student learning.  And we are committed to working together to ensure our students are challenged, motivated, encouraged, and involved as much as possible.
Parents, your level of involvement is very important, and we appreciate all your support in many different ways.  From helping your students with their homework, volunteering at events here at school, and even attending their activities, your support is crucial in their upbringing and overall well-being.  We recognize this partnership, and thank you for your constant communication and support.
We have activities for all students’ interest and talent level.  Please encourage your students to try something new, or focus on improving their strengths and abilities through elective classes, clubs, and extra-curricular activities.  Junior High is the perfect time for students to examine, explore, and experiment with new pursuits that might one day become life-long passions.  In whatever they choose, we remind and encourage them to try their best, and strive for improvement every day.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education.  We value their minds and abilities, push them to achieve great things, and work diligently with you to develop their potential.
Exterior of Placerita Junior High School

Mission & Vision

With “Pride in Excellence” as our motto, Placerita Junior High School’s staff, students, parents, and community will cooperate to serve the student, recognizing the unique characteristics of early adolescents. In a safe, caring, and healthy environment, we will prepare students with academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills to help them become positive, productive, capable citizens. It is the vision of faculty, staff, and parents that the school mission statement will be achieved by establishing:
A safe, orderly, and caring school environment that respects diversity and emphasizes tolerance of others.
An environment that recognizes the value and potential of each student.
An atmosphere that promotes teamwork among members of the school community.
An academically challenging learning environment for all students.
An environment that encourages students to mature socially and emotionally.
An on-going process of review and evaluation.


Attention 7th Grade Parents - Healthy Choices Information

Each year we have a presentation to families about our Healthy Choice Curriculum that takes place in our seventh grade health classes and our seventh grade PE classes. This Thursday, February 8, we will have two opportunities for you to view the program presentation on two different Zoom meetings. One meeting will be at 11:00 AM and one will be at 7:00 PM. During that time we will have a quick overview of the whole curriculum. After viewing the curriculum you will be able to choose to opt out of a portion or all of the Healthy Choices information. This is the curriculum that is required by the State of California for students in 7th Grade. We sent email communication yesterday about the meeting and the link for either of the meetings is below.
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Career Speaking Volunteers

We would like to invite guest speakers to come on campus to speak with our students regarding their career. There are so many great career opportunities out there and we really want our students to hear about them.
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Blue, white, and green Santa Clarita city bus

Transportation Disruption

Santa Clarita Transit services, which provides transportation for many of our students, will be disrupted due to a bus driver strike.

We strongly encourage all Hart District families, who utilize Santa Clarita Transit services, to make alternative transportation plans to get students to school and home again.

Please read the full story for more information and to view alternative routes.
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Online Picture Orders for 2023-24

Look here for the link to the O'Connor Photography page to get a head start on ordering your pictures for this school year.
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At A Glance

  • First Junior High School established in the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Est. 1960 Opened in Newhall in 1960 and moved into its current location in 1961
  • 7-8 Placerita serves students in both 7th and 8th grade with a variety of curriculum choices
  • California Distinguished School as recognized by the California Department of Education